Right, just a small idea that I had. The problem to me seems to be that the people sponsoring Blender don’t feel that they’ve got their money’s worth out of it, so they don’t want to let go until they’ve got something worth talking about in their pockets… (you all know what I mean )
So, cruel plays on words aside, what would happen if the Blender community clubbed together and bought Blender?
Then the Blender community could make it opensource, with Ton at the head, leading Blender on to bigger and better things. The shareholders would be happy, as they would at least have some money in their pockets. Even they’ve got to admit that the prospect of selling Blender on to another company isn’t a particularly nice one, and not very likely either (if people wanted to buy Blender, it would’ve happened by now, right?). This is the best way they’d have to cut their losses. Blender would be freed from commercial obligations (and Ton would even get some money out of it!).
What does everyone think? It’s only theoretical at this stage, and we should wait until Ton gets back to us again, but isn’t it an interesting prospect? Discuss.